Wisdom vs. Beauty :: Flash Fiction

Don’t ask me why the three of us thought this was a good idea—strip off all our clothes and try to convince a sleepy-eyed human male to hand over an apple made out of gold to one of us. It’s impossible to say why we were all so desperate for that apple. I mean, hello?...

Dolan–Journal of Wonders

I do not, as a rule, take kindly to shoppers who only look, never buy. But in this case, I studied this customer as much as he studied my wares. Fair skin is no common sight in Hormuz, and I wanted an opening to engage him. Young, barely a man, if that. It showed in...

Incognito :: Flash Fiction

How does a man know who he is? The man with the blank shield had been many things. Now he was a king. In the beginning ruling had been easy, as he rode the countryside defending the weak with his friends ever beside him; but now kingship was a snare, a noose around...

Covert Valor

The Pendragon banner writhed on moaning gales above the victorious and dead. Arthur’s knights waded from the blood-soaked marsh. Warriors removed mail hoods, slinging musky sweat from their hair. Though Guinevere’s neck ached under the helmet’s weight, she dared not...

A Golden Promise

Gil wiped the grit from his tired eyes. After travelling for two days with hundreds of fellow Samarians, he wondered how long it might be until his legs gave way on the sandy trail. Many had already perished. An older woman clung to him, unable to walk on her own. He...

Kiss of Vesuvius

  Black clouds billowed from the mountain that overlooked the city. Lightning split the darkness with sudden flashes of white. Claudius choked on the stench of sulfur as he turned the corner to get to his villa. Panic gripped his chest. Where was his new bride?...